Local food pantries are busier than they've ever been, and this never-ending Winter may be to blame.
At the Neighbors' Place in Wausau, they're seeing a 40% increase in people need food from their pantry.
Executive Director Tom Rau says, "You cant help but feel the people that are right on the edge, with the money they bring in and the expenses they have, when we have this kind of cold, they've gotta be paying more to keep their homes warm, and so one of the ways they can save is to come to the pantries."
While the shelves are pretty well stocked now, the fear is they won't stay that way for long. There are 2 easy ways you can help.
Every weekend through March 23rd, the Girl Scouts and Peyton's Promise will be at these Wausau locations from 9am - 6pm, collecting food donations for the pantries.
IGA in Rib Mountain
IGA in Schofield
You can take part in the Girl Scout cookie "Buy One, Donate One" campaign by buying a box for yourself, then buying another to be donated to food pantries.
Peyton's Promise will also be handing out lists of grocery items the pantries need, so you can buy them inside the store, then drop them off at the table and the organization will donate the items for you.
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